The area surrounding Asahikawa, Wakkanai and Furano(Northern Hokkaido)
- Mashike Historical Buildings District(Mashike)
Full of historic charm from the Meiji to Showa periods. Sample the exquisite flavors of Japanese sake from Japan's northernmost brewery.
During the Meiji period, Mashike-cho thrived as a major transportation hub with well developed port and train systems. In particular, it served as a central hub for cargo transportation at the height of Pacific herring fishing. Across the town's station is an array of stone and wooden buildings, including the nationally designated important cultural property, the Old Maruichi-Honma Residence, established in the mid Meiji period. In addition, the prewar wooden school building of the former Mashike Elementary School, which was in used up until 2011, is open to visitors from the outside only.
Established in 1882, Kunimare Brewery is Japan's northernmost sake brewery. The Brewery makes high quality brand sake called Kunimare using subsoil water from Mt. Shokanbetsu and it is open to the public with free admission. The museum converted from the old stone storage exhibits items such as sake brewing equipment, sake containers, and old product labels. In addition, the tasting corner offers free samples of 16 varieties of Japanese rice wine.
(Mashikecho Administrattion Division, Planning Section)